Keep your kids busy with kids.gov

Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

It’s been happening for generations. Within days of the start of summer break, kids begin complaining “I’m bored!” But this generation of kids has something the others didn’t: the free, safe and fun online world of Kids.gov.

Kids.gov is the government’s official web portal for kids, full of activities for kindergarteners through 8th graders and resources for parents and teachers. It’s a great way to keep kids engaged and learning between school years. Check out these ideas to battle boredom this summer:

“Just one more game!” You won’t mind your kids spending time playing games online when they’re learning about math, science, history and more. In Kids.gov’s Play Games section, they can enjoy adventures like solving secret codes from the National Security Agency, working on word puzzles about the earth from NASA, and experiencing the challenges of being a Peace Corps volunteer.

“Can I watch a video?” They may have memorized the plots of all of the videos they own, but Kids.gov’s Videos section has lots of new things for your kids to watch. They can learn about the mysteries of tornadoes with a storm chaser or find out how to handle bullies from StopBullying.gov. And in the series of cool career videos produced by Kids.gov, they can learn about archaeology, meet an albino alligator and her keeper at the National Aquarium, and see how money is made.

“Sorry about getting magic marker on the wall.” Sometimes a kid’s urge to be creative can be overwhelming. Give it a little direction with art projects from Kids.gov, including coloring pages, digital photography projects, and a special collection of interactive painting, collage making and animation projects from the National Gallery of Art’s NGAkids Art Zone.

“Go out and play!” When your kids are ready for a break from the computer, go with them. Kids.gov’s Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition section for parents is full of ideas to keep your family in shape, like LetsMove.gov’s suggestions for working activity into your kids’ daily routine, and Recreation.gov’s collection of family friendly ideas for exploring America’s beaches, mountains, cities and everything in between.